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At yesterday's meeting, potential candidates such as Boise State, Central Florida and Temple were...

At yesterday's meeting, potential candidates such as Boise State, Central Florida and Temple were discussed, but no consensus could be agreed upon which teams to invite first, or at all. The basketball factions were adamant about not adding anyone, while the football faction argued that if the Big East is going to survive as a BCS conference, whose champion gained automatic entry to a BCS bowl it is imperative for Boise State, with its high national ranking was a necessity for survival.

Time for a split. There's no way around it. Update: now Luicci says that VIllanova is blocking Temple. Looks like the non-football schools will get the conference they want - a conference that does not exist.

According to sources familiar with the process, but not authorized to talk about any negotiations,...

According to sources familiar with the process, but not authorized to talk about any negotiations, the Big East is focusing on two areas, with SMU, Central Florida ,Navy and Temple as the primary schools being looked at. Air Force is also being considered, but that seems more remote of a possibility

Why, it's almost as if the Big East conference leadership hates football and is intentionally trying to destroy it! SMU and UCF are on the top of the list, regardless of the fact that the Big East already has teams in Florida and Dallas. Houston is nowhere to be seen, and Temple remains a second-tier candidate. Up until the dying end, all the Big East cares about is unjustly enriching half of its members while clubbing the other half over the head with a bat. The conference is leaving its best remaining cards on the table, and still blathering on about returning to the federated system that got them into this mess in the first place, because the alternative would be actually letting Big East football flex its muscles and make decisions with the intention of actually maximizing conference revenue for a change.

"It's now a dog-eat-dog world in college athletics," he said, "and everyone is acting in their own...

"It's now a dog-eat-dog world in college athletics," he said, "and everyone is acting in their own self-interest. It's not about fit or academics or rivalries. It's about football and money, period." Tranghese said "you can't cast stones" at Pitt or Syracuse because every football school in the Big East "didn't feel secure." He said that through the final years of his tenure in the commissioner's chair, he grew tired of the "belly-aching" from football schools that longed for bigger TV dollars and bowl contracts. "They simply weren't winning enough games and kept pointing the finger at us to get them more money," he said. "The best way to solve their own problems was to win games, but the Big East hasn't been good enough in football. It was an incredible burden."

Like raiding the Atlantic 10 and Conference USA wasn't acting in the Big East's self-interest? Mike Tranghese seems determined to ensure that John Marinatto doesn't go down as the worst commissioner in Big East history. Tranghese already conceded on WFAN that he only cares about Providence College and hates football (reiterated here.) Here's an idea Mike. Maybe Big East football wouldn't have been fatally flawed if they had a commissioner who didn't despise it so much that he tried to give away half of the league to the ACC. Tranghese claimed he retired on WFAN because he couldn't keep the league together, but told the New York Times in 2009 that the Big East was "stable."

The Mohegan Sun has offered a financial deal to the Big East, which also according to these sources...

The Mohegan Sun has offered a financial deal to the Big East, which also according to these sources is far more beneficial to the league than what the XL Center is physically able to deliver.

Let's get this straight. The Big East has an opportunity to make more money on women's basketball. The Big East cannot exercise that opportunity because half of its members, most of whom don't even care about the sports, are throwing a temper tantrum. The Big East is in no position to even turn down a penny of revenue! Anyone else think that the the opposition is less grounded in morals, and more in their steadfast determination to keep shackling the BE's all-sports programs to an outdated, unfair model from three decades ago that was dangerously flawed and workable from day one onwards? Time for the forward thinking athletic directors like Tim Pernetti and Oliver Luck to tell the dead weight to scamper off into the Athletic 10, because this level of unfathomable self-sabotage is not even remotely acceptable. The BE's non-football programs are free to run their athletic departments as they see fit; it's when their actions impact others, when they're directly harming the other half of the league through this kind of self-centered garbage, that's when the gloves have to come off. If the non-football schools aren't careful, sooner or later they are going to overreach (i.e., Villanova as a FBS program) so far that the league will crumble to smithereens, and they will be left with nothing. No one ever accused the Big East of ever showing any bit of foresight.

ESPN’s offer has created a division among the conference’s schools. Some want to rebuff ESPN’s...

ESPN’s offer has created a division among the conference’s schools. Some want to rebuff ESPN’s offer and take the conference’s media rights to the open market. The reason: The amount of potential bidders in the market has helped other leagues increase their media rights more than they initially expected.

SportsBusiness Daily has a report today on the ongoing broadcast rights negotiations between the Big East and ESPN. This issue clearly is driving conference expansion. It is unlikely that the other Big East football programs want to decrease their payout by adding Villanova. Looks like John Marinatto is doing his best to secure a lackluster deal.

Nobody I talked to seems to even agree on how many current Big East football schools are against...

Nobody I talked to seems to even agree on how many current Big East football schools are against it. I talked to one person at a clear anti-'Nova school who suggested as many as six others were clearly against it in March, but none to the point that the proposal couldn't be improved and objections dropped. Another Big East administrator said it was more like a few leaning against, but none being over-my-dead-body against. Villanova probably can't get in unless six of the eight current football members sign off.

If that's Mike Jensen's story today, why blame Pittsburgh and Rutgers earlier in the week? The only surprise about a 6-2 vote would be that two teams would be willing to subsidize Villanova football. Sure, there's an easy way get Nova football into the Big East. Have them submit a workable stadium plan, and have them agree to pay for it. Hard to see that happening.

From top to bottom, the Big East is as strong as any conference in the country, when you look at...

From top to bottom, the Big East is as strong as any conference in the country, when you look at the eight teams and how competitive it is each and every week. - Randy Edsall, yesterday to ESPN. Randy Edsall was (gasp) right. Kevin from The UConn Blog takes issue with Holly Anderson's silly dismissal of Edsall's comments. He does a very good job in dispensing with some plain factual errors, but I want to go a step further. Edsall was absolutely correct in all respects. The key phrase here being "From top to bottom". Thereby, if you take a mean average of the eight Big East teams, that mean team would compare favorably to a mean average team from other conferences. This fact is evidenced by the Big East's #2 finish in last year's Sagarin ratings (the Big East has not finished in last place since expanding back to full strength in 2005). Certainly, no Big East team would have stood a chance against Alabama last year, being the national champion and absolute cream of the crop of the SEC. Middle of the pack though, that's a different story, as the fifth place Big East team in UConn comfortably blew out South Carolina in their bowl matchup. When it comes to the SEC mean, Florida counts the same as Vanderbilt. Once you look around the country and see how few teams are willing to play quality OOC schedules, there isn't really much of substance left to Holly's shoddy argument.
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